Russell Westbrook's extension will 'absolutely' factor into free agency decision — Paul George

Training Camp Roundup – Sept. 27 2017        By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
Training Camp Roundup – Sept. 27 2017 By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
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01 October, 2017

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed the deal.

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook signed a five-year extension with the team Friday, months after the Thunder initially made the monster offer.

Until Durant's free-agency flight to Golden State past year, he and Westbrook were OKC teammates for eight seasons.

Russell Westbrook signed the biggest contract in National Basketball Association history on Friday, which just so happened to be former teammate Kevin Durant's birthday.

The move is also critical for new Thunder players Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, who both have player options on their deals after this season.

"I felt he was [committed here] but that's again, everybody has to make - they have their obligations, they have to make their decisions on their own", George said. The supermax makes Westbrook the highest paid player in National Basketball Association history, while also netting him the most money per season of any U.S athlete.

The NBA's insane offseason continues.

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Primarily because of Westbrook, the Thunder's marketability was sustained even after Durant left.

Russell Westbrook will play in OKC for at least the next six years. No way. The mayor of Oklahoma City responded to Westbrook's decision with this pronouncement.

The 2017-18 National Basketball Association regular season will begin on October 17. Now, with Westbrook locked up, the Thunder's long-term outlook is in a much more stable position. After trading James Harden and losing Durant in free agency, the Thunder handed the keys of the franchise to Westbrook.

Westbrook now joins two-time MVP Stephen Curry as the only players to have agreed to new contracts valued at $200-plus million.

Westbrook, the reigning MVP, became the second player in National Basketball Association history to average a triple-double during the 2016 season after ending the season averaging 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists.

During a time in which some of the NBA's biggest stars seem to change teams every year, Russell Westbrook isn't going anywhere. By the age that Westbrook will be the end of his extension, they had declined to an average of 9.0 WARP - a little bit shy of what typically merits an All-Star selection. Shedding smaller contracts would give the Thunder more than the midlevel exception to spend but still wouldn't allow the Thunder to be a player for the other top free agents on the market.


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